‘Dark Colored Coyotes’ Roaming in Warwick Actually 2 Puppies Intentionally Set Free by Owners

In Warwick, Rhode Island, a recent commotion involving two “dark colored coyotes” spotted roaming the neighborhood turned out to be two playful puppies that had been intentionally set free by their owners over the weekend.

According to 10WjarNews, Warwick police officers spent hours on Thursday chasing the animals, now believed to be six-month-old wolf-hybrid puppies named Libby and Bella. The puppies have since been safely captured and are in the care of the Warwick Animal Shelter.

The situation began earlier in the week when a resident reported seeing dark-colored “coyotes” running through the neighborhood. The Warwick Police Department posted a warning on their Facebook page. However, the dogs’ original owner stepped forward and explained to the police that these were not coyotes, but playful puppies.

The original owner had moved and left the puppies with the residents who still lived at his old home, which has been described as in deplorable condition. The house has since been boarded up and condemned by the city. Other animals were found still living in the structure and have been brought to the Warwick Animal Shelter for care.

Andrew Sanville, 32, and Amanda Bray, 29, have since been arrested and charged with intentionally abandoning their dogs. Both face charges of animal cruelty, abandonment, improper care, and failure to vaccinate against rabies.

The dogs will be DNA tested to determine their exact breed, as it is illegal to own wolf-hybrids in Rhode Island. You can watch the video of the incident below.

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